2015 PSPP Annual Spring Program: Between Parents and Children: Psychoanalytic and Anthropologic Perspectives

  • 30 May 2015
  • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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PSPP is pleased to announce our

2015 Annual Spring Meeting:

Between Parents and Children: Psychoanalytic and Anthropologic Perspectives

May 30th, 2015

9:30am to 3:00pm

at the Friends Center,

1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Even psychotherapists who work only with adults learn quickly that themes of childhood are ever present in the consulting room. Fears and fantasies about destruction, resistance to authority, dependence and repeating traumas of the past are alive in our work. For example, the mother of a toddler might view her child’s willful behavior as a healthy sign of independence, a developmentally normal stage of testing the attachment, a complement to her own aggressive fantasies towards her child or worrisome evidence of a family trait. How childhood behavior is remembered, understood, and explained reflects not only a particular set of individual and familial traditions, but also a cultural tradition that in turn shapes ideas of parenting.

Our Spring Meeting seeks to bring together ways of understanding challenging childhood behaviors that are salient with children and adults alike.

We are delighted to invite our panel:

Henri Parens, MD, a child and adult psychoanalyst who has conducted a longitudinal parenting/child study for over 37 years, and has written and presented internationally on parenting education and child aggression prevention. He is the author of 22 books and over 250 scientific and lay publications and publications and multi-media programs.

Bambi Chapin, PhD, a psychological anthropologist from the University of Maryland, whose 2014 book, based on her ethnographic research, is called “Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village: Shaping Hierarchy and Desire.”

Norka Malberg, PsyD will serve as our discussant to the panel. Dr. Malberg is a child and adult psychoanalyst who is a graduate of the Anna Freud Center in London, and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center of the Yale School of Medicine.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:

  • 1.    Identify two parenting behaviors that may lead to decreased child aggression in children.
  • 2.      Describe at least two techniques that are effective in teaching parents how to communicate with their children about trauma.
  • 3.    Explain two normative child-rearing practices from a culture other than the U.S.
  • 4.    Identify two ways in which children learn normative cultural behaviors from the behaviors of their parents.


            9:00 – 9:30am   Registration and light breakfast

            9:30 – 12:00pm   Presentations

            12:00pm – 1:00pm   Lunch

            1:00pm – 2:00pm   Discussion

            2:00pm – 2:30pm   Audience participation and    closing remarks

            2:30pm - 3:00pm   Social time


PSPP Members                                                      $90.00

Non-member Professionals                                $110.00

Early Career Professionals*                                $50.00

Retired Professionals                                           $50.00

Graduate Students                                               $15.00

* Early Career Professionals are those within three years of receiving their professional degree

Fees are listed per person. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

Fees cover the cost of 4 CE’s and light refreshments.

Refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.

Online registration will be available at the PSPP website http://www.pspp.org/ through May 29, 2015. Following this date, participants may register for the program at the door. Registration by mail is available by contacting:

Dr. Sarah White

PSPP Membership Chair

3804 Church Road

Mount Laurel, NJ  08054 


This program is intended for mental health professionals with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a psychoanalytic mode.

Responsibility for Program Content

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 4___ continuing education credits.   Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.

EDUCATORS: Act 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in Pennsylvania. If you need Act 48 credits, please be sure to bring your PPID number to the conference. Act 48 credits are processed by PSPP, and you will receive a letter in the mail documenting that you have earned 3 Act 48 credits a few weeks after the conference.

Participant's Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible. If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Valerie R. Wilson, Ph.D. at 267-634-1719 or e-mail dr.valerie.wilson@gmail.com. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

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